What if there was No MQM?


What if there was No MQM?

I sometimes wonder what would happen to Pakistan’s politics if there was no MQM. Who would they blame for all their misery and plight? Who would be the common enemy? Who would be branded as traitors? Who would be used to distract the people of Pakistan of their real issues like electricity, jobs and security? What would happen to those who like to find all solutions of their troubles by just criticizing MQM?

 

 

What more? What would happen to the people of Karachi and Southern Sind who have gotten there as where they are today because of MQM? So what would be the world like without MQM today. I’m blogging to draw an outline of a Karachi and Hyderabad without MQM. Than let you decide if you could have a progressive Pakistan without MQM and its leader Altaf Hussain.

 

 

1986 was the year when I was in Class three when I heard a sudden burst of fire next to my school whose window over looked into the Qasba area of Karachi. As my teacher came to take me down stairs. I could see people which I would not name taking aim at my school. I remember strongly my worried father rushing to take me back home. The same year I remember that whilst shopping with my Dad one Friday afternoon; all chaos broke loose when again a certain ethnicity was about to attack the area and we remember that my Dad drove our Toyota 74 Corolla like crazy into the thin alleys to save us from the probable attackers. I remember growing up out of fear at that time. These were the formative years of MQM.

 

 

Now lets assume if MQM by any chance was not formed. The Jihadist who were behind all these actions at that time and not an ethnicity would have taken over the city. Imagine if at that time those who suffered did not fight back or by any chance people would not have united behind MQM and its leadership especially Mr. Altaf Hussein. What could have happened to the city? We all crib today that lawlessness was introduced by MQM. But people MQM came into existence fighting off the same lawlessness. What if the guy taking an aim at my school would have shot me or my friends? I am sure any one even living in Lahore or confines of Islamabad would not like to even imagine it for a moment.

 

 

Technically speaking, three parties or may be a fourth would have held between them the mandate of the city. So would it have still stopped the Bhatta in the city since it always there before MQM and since we as a nation anyways decided to host an international terrorist like Dawood Ibrahim in our city in the mid 90’s, which we of course deny. He would have introduced it any ways. Would Lyari known for pushing drugs and smuggling would have desisted from doing their traditional way of business? I doubt so.

 

 

Come 1996 when Taliban movement picked up. And possibly with strong roots in Karachi without MQM many of our sons would have become fodder in an insane conflict in Afghanistan. Without MQM we might have been under attack post September 11 as it was MQM which showed solidarity with the international world by taking a peace rally and rightfully so; as now we are discovering via many commissions that most of the Al Qaeda terrorists were in Karachi. Imagine all of us would have been assumed in the same stride and an emotional USA’s reaction could
have been painful.

 

 

The people of Karachi who are today seen as liberal and reformists in the eyes of the world would have been seen as terrorists instead. Would there have existed a Zamzama, even the modern schools which we all take pride in? Would there have existed even Cinema’s which were burned at the first opportunity during riots by Islamists? Would our daughters and sisters have been allowed to go to schools or colleges? Imagine without MQM; the influx of Talibans or Jihadists life could have been like living as in some parts of KPK. What worst we could have handed over a strategic port to these elements since we can see our establishment do not look in control over them.

 

 

Now lets not forget the feudals and landlords who were in control of the city. Do you think they would not have continued grabbing land. The nucleus of all parties which is corrupt would not have continued doing what they are good at i.e. loot and plunder? Who would have stood for your rights as we can see there is no allocation in the recent Sind budget for Urban Sind and there was hardly anything before.

 

 

Today, what ever any one might say. Karachi is not Talibanized. The people of Karachi who anyway would have been called Mohajirs for the rest of the life feel empowered to serve the nation. Now don’t say they would not have as in interviews during 90’s including myself at the Army application center I was reminded that I am a son of a Mohajir very rudely. Karachi continues to be the hub of Pakistan against all odds where efforts were made to malign its position by pushing development elsewhere and most importantly a united Karachi and Urban Sind has a more say in the center. Unlike where sorry to mention that now only one or two cities i.e. Lahore or Islamabad run the country whilst the rest are there to support. Correct me if I am wrong the same Nawaz Sharif who was so anxious to see Chief Justice to go to Mazar e Quaid on May 12th 2007 is yet to visit it after taking oath as a Prime Minister.

 

 

Now I am sure I would invite the ire of many. But in my view and the many others. MQM and its leadership is the most sincere party to the Urban Sind whilst the rest like JI and PTI just want to use it as one of the cards up its sleeve in the center whilst for MQM this is the only card. All the more reason why they are sincere to it. Now we should not forget that MQM stood shoulder by shoulder with our Army and its intelligence when Talibans were cutting to size our soldiers elsewhere in the country. MQM has contributed through its manpower and its support to build Pakistan. Whilst they still await justice for Qasba massacre, Hyderabad carnage and the 1992 operation. They still stand by Pakistan. Now this shows clearly their sincerity to the nation that their forefathers built and I am sure if given its due credit can pull Pakistan out of its misery where they have proven if they could do it against all the odds in Urban Sind with hands tied. I am sure due to their strong nucleus and leader ship could deliver the same for Pakistan. Now I leave that for you to decide. Do you still want to see a Pakistan with or without MQM? My vote lies with it for our Pakistan. Pakistan Zindabad!



Danish Kazi

A contributor for The News/Geo blogs

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  • Anonymous

    Disapointing Hashim Sb – all of us rationalise but then you cannot preach. You have a few decades on me and all I can say is that Pakistan today is paying for the follies of its elder statesman from ALL walks of life and they same are pulling the younger generations into their wars of old!

  • Anonymous

    The author once wrote ‘PTI- seriously overated’ and now falls into the same trap analysing and rationalising MQM’s birth and actions. Unfortunately, MQM hijacked the rhetoric that should/would appeal to any liberal progressive and brought great efficiency at industrial scale level of ‘bhatta’ with an organisational structure verging on the fascist orgnisations. What is more saddening is that the educated lot in MQM appear no different to the rest when it comes to the cult of personality or unable to take any critique. Actually, PPP fares a lot better when it comes to taking critique on the chin (and not paying any heed!) – with MQM one has to find protection elsewhere before being critical.

    How can any party be progressive and democratic if no change occurs for decades and a single delusional personality dominates the agenda. I guess the Brits are now in Talibani camp too as Farooq Sattar put it in his Newsnight interview.

  • M.Saeed

    Highly disappointing Hashim Sb, you have really proved what a thankless person you are!

    You had been reaping gold in the World Bank being a Pakistani on Pakistani quota and still you spit in the same gold-plate you have eaten your cake in?

    You cannot be a Pakistani if you can ” never go back home”!

    Besides, you are sowing ill-will by quoting a few minor humanly errors to earn your disgusted delight.

    You are clearly an epicaricacist of top order who takes pleasures from causing harms to others.

    You have given enough of reasons in your post above to conclude this.

  • M.Saeed

    “Long live muttahida .. long live pakistan”?
    A person who names his roots without “Capitals”, can’t be serious.
    Personally, I am completely in agreement with the principles on paper and policy statements of Muttehida party but, not the one with the public image of horrible-MQM as a common man on street would know.
    As I have often maintained, being “Muttahida or United” is the foremost guidance of the Quaid and no patriot would disagree with that. But, to be Muttahida only in Karachi for all the wrong reasons, having no responsible leader on ground to “live his talks”, is as spurious as it can be.

  • Dani Prince Ov Hearts

    Nice Blog… I appreciate Danish Kazi from bottom of my heart.. Long Live Muttahida Long Live PAKISTAN

  • fawaz

    rightly said

  • Naseem

    This article is rubbish. The author still living in 80s,90s era just like MQM. The person which MQM blaimed the playboy now is ruling KPK. Issues have changed. MQM has full 8 years control in Musharraf era. If they wanted they would have made Karachi total arms free but they did not. Because MQM believes Karachi is their birth right. Thanks to MQM and PPP ethnicity violence still lives.

  • Anonymous

    Hashim Sb

    1. My suggestion to be loyal to the new home is inthe context of identity crises many youngsters in the West have even when born in the West.
    2. Unfortunately the ugly head of ethnicity and provoncialism seems to have grown bigger over the last two decades or so and MQM has played a big role in this. What you propose is kind of half of the ‘one unit’ formula. i may not be a fan of that general, but some things were intended with good intentions in ‘general’, even if without consideration of ground realities, hence failing. The ending here may not be any better either when all provinces will fight on the divisive lines for that single ‘underdevloped areas’ quota. Neither would it solve the problem to the satisfaction of Muhajir descendents (not that after 66 years in a place) anyone should have the temerity to term themselves mohajir for political purpose!). This so because of change in the population distribution of all major cities and even with the slow pace of education, even rural parts have more educated in numbers if not percentages. Unlike the 50s, when the UP migrants almost without competition had the run of the civil service, the numbers competing in a merit based system is large but all (not only mohajir descendants) suffer because of political nepotism. Dividing Sindh into rural and urban is no solution – perhaps decentralising and ridding of the provinces as adminstrative units as they stand – and tutning each district into admin unit. Despite all his other failings, General Musharaff’s local government was a good policy and should have been improved to this end.

    Incidentally, you mention the recruitment practices in the Army. Curious that 80s to 00s saw many powerful generals either directly migrants or descendants, with Musharaff one of the more powerful. Begs a few questions in its own right.

    There is no shame in being a supporter of MQM based on true policy – in fact only pride. Unfortunately, stated policy is an eyewash and has disenchanted many who now look towards PTI (with its own issues). The biggest mishap is the organised protection money racket, denial of which just compounds the ostritch head in the sand – no excuse even if all the other parties are mafias. The party structure is still not truly autonomous abd democratic (like the rest of te parties) and a single persn’s whims and delusions hold it hostage. More is the pity as prorata it would have many more educated people following it. I guess education and liberalism go out of te window when it comes to ethnicity!

  • M.Saeed
  • Anonymous

    then the big bad wolf will be the H!ndu dominated beureaucracy!

    • Anonymous

      NASAH Sb

      As you say “Bureaucracy nonetheless — that has no religion”
      but Today religion is the biggest bureaucracy!

      Anyhow the polarising spinners don’t need much of an excuse to be irksome. As you may have heard, some people have decided to worship Richard Dawkins just to annoy him!!!

  • M.Saeed

    daboya mujh ko honay nay
    na hota maiN to kya hota?
    Without Partition, there would have been 600 million Muslims fighting 800 million Hindus and the remaining 200 million other groups acting the counter-weight brokers.

  • M.Saeed

    Is it not a fact that, out of 180 million Pakistanis, 18 million live in Karachi?
    By simple analysis, Karachi is a 10% Pakistan and being much more literate, its silent majority does not subscribe to the ethnic divide. Otherwise, by interpolation, it must have 60% Punjabi Karachiites which can be easily verified by sample surveys.

  • Fawaz Hussein

    A very well written blog Mr. Danish but unfortunately not for those people who are still not ready to hear the truth…… I can only say to them “God bless you”. And someone wrote that MQM is against Islami Shariah, Mr. Whoever people who supports Islami Shariah never beat or kill women and kids. Unlike so called jihadis (I call them terrorist) MQM has never done this. A time will come when everyone will realize the truth that MQM is the only party which was working from the start on the NATIONAL interest rather INTER+NATIONAL.

  • Fawaz Hussein

    Excuse me, Bathaa takers are always rich and there is nobody in this world who have black or illegal money and living a simple life…… See around yourself man …. Whoever you are following

  • Fawaz Hussein

    I think you are quite near….. But the spelling of the Answer should be “PIECES”

  • Fawaz Hussein

    Exactly

  • Fawaz Hussein

    Sorry but your one line cannot oppose so many facts written by the blogger…….. Better TRY to write like him

  • Fawaz Hussein

    I agree with you

  • unknown

    well written but you only mentioned past performance….if they did these works for us so you mean they now have the right to take bhatta so called protetction money from us…..lets not forget who introduce bhatta and parchi system in karachi ….we did not earn to pay them bhatta….and now so called altaf bhai is just little away from prison blogs like this has came up to get them sympathy….

  • M.Saeed

    United India was a super-power in 16th century, search for western route of which gave the world its present super-power.
    If we had kept humanity before greed that made us “drunk with privde” of Shahenshahiat and Rajshahiat, we should still be leading the world by huge margin.

  • M.Saeed

    But, you should also state who feeds Karachi with national produce, products and raw materials?
    Only one single party controls Karachi and it holds the Governor-ship of Sindh withits Capital at karachi, since 2002. Even than if Karachi burns and blisters, than nothing but its “Perennial Custodians” must be blamed for not performing to protect interests of its inhabitants.

  • Anonymous

    “Karachi feeds 70% of the Pakistan budget.”

    Perhaps you would care to qoute the sources and how it comes to be 70%.

    Could it be that majority of national imports/exports will be cleared in Karachi and paid duties logged there or that all major corporationswith their head quarters in Karachi, file their tax returns their?!

    Karachi will have a higher share of GDP pro rata, based on the skill set but please don’t make a divisive use of numbers based on extremlely flawed interpretation of economics.

  • M.Saeed

    Can you write the names, attributes, and inferences to Allah (SWT) without Capitals? This is Pakistan and if you are a Muslim from Pakistan, Capitals show a mark of respect which is enough visible from your disrespectful to Pakistan blog-name.
    About your other explanation, read my post above again with an open, unprejudiced mind to know my views about Mutthida.
    Now, tell me if you can write the names, attributes, and inferences to Allah (SWT) without Capitals, if Capitals mean nothing? This is Pakistan and if you are a Muslim from Pakistan, Capitals show a mark of respect which is enough visible from your disrespectful blog-name to Pakistan.
    About your other explanation, read my post above again with an open, unprejudiced mind to know my views about Muttehida.

  • M.Saeed

    What are the resources of Karachi except “protection money” for protecting the interests of its biggest terror-monger!
    Collecting revenue is not the earning of Karachiites. It is all by the workers and officers of FBR and belong to the Federal Revenue.
    But, if you are talking about the of revenue generated by “illegal oblique practices” of the arms of Government then you might be right and 70% of the total being generated (stolen) by the crooked hands would again point to the dirty hands of the Karachi-goons.

  • M.Saeed

    Quote from Washington Post, 22nd March, 2012:
    “—appointment process of the rest of the senior managers at the bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). They too are selected through opaque, quota-driven negotiations that are a far cry from the meritocracy these two institutions claim to value and preach to others”.

  • Anonymous

    NASAH Sb

    Time to watch Yes Minister / Yes Prime Minister again – one of those British TV series that remains ever topical. Perhaps it should be made compulsory viewing for Pakistani Civil Service trainees.